11 Oct 2021

Few would argue against the need for improving test scores in schoolchildren. It would also be beneficial to know what impact indoor air pollution has on students. However, no one would recommend testing the effects of air pollution on children directly. That said, one such experiment, conducted by accident in California several years ago, provides […]

05 Oct 2021

We often think of mold as affecting the basements and bathrooms of houses, but dormitories also present a risk. After the building sits empty over a summer of high temperatures and humidity, which may include heavy rainfall, the ideal environment for mold growth develops. Student housing mold presents a problem for facilities managers of colleges […]

Of the many benefits of improved building ventilation and filtration, cognitive functioning is among them. This is the finding of the COGfx Study 3: Global Buildings conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Global Health. The school’s research on how IAQ affects occupants’ cognitive performance spans a decade. The most recent study found that […]

We may think of late spring and early summer as prime times for allergies. That’s when trees, grass, and other plants produce the pollen that causes so many people so much discomfort. With symptoms similar to those caused by the coronavirus, it can be difficult for people to tell the difference between allergies and COVID. […]

A new study shows the relationship between ventilation and viruses as well as between humidity and viruses. Using the Wells-Riley model helped researchers observe the effects of both humidity and ventilation on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The study, set for publication in November, is the result of a joint effort among Scandinavian and Baltic researchers. It […]

07 Sep 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. in early 2020, it forced schools across the country to shut down. That included K-12 classrooms as well as colleges and universities. As students adapted to virtual classrooms, schools developed plans for reopening once it was safe to do so. With new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus emerging, […]

The COVID-19 pandemic closed K-12 schools across the country. Students and teachers, as well as parents, had to adapt to remote learning. Educators did the best they could with the resources available, but there is no substitute for in-person learning. The pandemic is not over, however, but schools have reopened. Some schools enforce social distancing […]

23 Aug 2021

Many factors influence parents’ decisions about where to send their children to college. Concern about the quality of education and its cost weigh on their minds, but health and safety do as well. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by real estate services company JLL, college air quality is one of the top […]

16 Aug 2021

Facilities managers may wonder how building occupants feel about the indoor environments where they spend most of their time. They may be interested to know that a majority of occupants may not feel their buildings have safe air quality. At least that was the findings of a recent survey conducted by the consulting agency Savanta.  […]

09 Aug 2021

In June of this year, OSHA conducted a review of the latest COVID-19 science, data, and guidance. After consulting with the CDC, OSHA issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for employers working in healthcare and healthcare support services. However, despite the name “COVID-19 Healthcare ETS” the rule applies to any organization that provides first aid […]